Will Prince William leave Prince Harry’s wedding to watch the FA Cup final?
Prince Harry has the easy job Saturday, it seems, as he prepares to marry American actress Meghan Markle in Great Britain’s latest blockbuster royal wedding. For his brother Prince William, the future king of the United Kingdom, things are a little trickier. Sports is to blame for a conflict that has complicated the big day for William, who is due to serve as best man for his brother, just as Harry did for him when he married Kate Middleton in 2011.
William, you see, has the role of president of England’s Football Association (FA) among his vast array of titles and duties. And Saturday, the area surrounding London will not only host Harry and Meghan’s nuptials but also soccer’s FA Cup final, one of the most historic and cherished dates on the British sporting calendar. This year, the matchup boasts Manchester United and Chelsea.
Every year, the FA president is expected to be on hand at Wembley Stadium to witness the game and, most importantly, to present the trophy to the winner. Ever since Harry’s wedding date to former Suits star Markle was announced, there has been much speculation as to what William might do.
“It’s a big decision, are we going to Wembley, or are we going to …?” William was asked by former England national team soccer player turned broadcaster Rio Ferdinand during an interview in January.
“You’ve touched on something there, Rio, yeah,” William responded. “I’m still working it out. I’ll see what I can do.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who have attended the Invictus Games trials and other sporting events, will wed Saturday.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who have attended the Invictus Games trials and other sporting events, will wed Saturday. (Photo: Ben Birchall, AFP/Getty Images)
In theory, it is possible that he could attend both occasions. The royal wedding is at noon London time (7 a.m. ET), and will be held at St. George’s Chapel, on the grounds of Windsor Castle. Kickoff for the FA Cup final is 5.15 p.m., meaning that William could make the 24-mile journey between the sites, either by police convoy or helicopter, watch the game, dole out the medals, and still make it back in time for the later part of the festivities. Given Harry’s legendary fondness for a party, those may go long into the night.
The Daily Express reported that the dual option was likely to be the final decision, however, William, his press representatives, and the FA all have been quiet on the matter. Television channel iTV reported the opposite, that William would skip the Cup final to give the wedding his undivided attention. More than 600 guests will enjoy the wedding, but neither Harry’s friend and former United States president Barack Obama nor President Trump will be in attendance.
Sourse: USA Today